February 17, 2007

Nashville's mayor standing strong

...against the forces of linguistic jingoism and unreason. As described in this post on Good Reason, and in this article, Nashville mayor Bill Purcell has vetoed an 'English First' city ordinance which would have required that all official city communications be in English. His presentation of the case against such laws is clear, concise, and effective. If only all our lawmakers could think as clearly, and exercise power as ethically.

(I especially wish this for those of my home state, and the 30 other states with 'Official English' laws (including, apparently, Tennessee). Some previous LL posts on this topic are here, here, here, and here.)

Posted by Heidi Harley at February 17, 2007 01:58 AM